Three-star general to address Sun Lakes Aero Club

 

     

 

                General Findley

 

A retired three-star general who commanded U. S. Air Force units in the air war over Kosovo and Afghanistan will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) gathering  Monday,  April 21 at the Sun Lakes Country Club.  The public is invited to attend.

Lt. Gen. Vern M.  “Rusty” Findley II will give a power-point presentation detailing his units’ roles in the conflicts.  During Operation Allied Force, the air war over Serbia in 1999, he commanded the 92nd Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered in Spain.  As commander of the 437th Airlift Wing, his unit provided vital support to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Now that he has retired, Gen. Findley said he would also be able to discuss the political ramifications of the operations of the units he commanded.  

Gen. Findley will become the highest-ranking USAF officer ever to address the SLAC audience.  He retired Dec. 1, 2011 as vice commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  The command was responsible for the bulk of the USAF’s strategic transportation assets  and mission.

Gen. Findley is a command pilot  with more than 3,800 flying hours in KC-135, T-37, T-38, C-130 C-17A and C-21 aircraft.

Now in its 18th year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday each month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs are open to all Sun Lakes residents and others interested in aviation.  More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 895-8869 or Gary Vacin, 298-7017, or at the club’s web site, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.